Old New Inn pub, Portland to be converted into homes

AN OLD Portland pub to be converted into three houses with a bungalow built in the garden to the rear of the property.

A previous application for what was once the New Inn at Easton Street had been turned down – but the redesigned project has now gained unanimous approval.

The Dorset Council Area Planning Committee learned that after the pub’s bankruptcy it had been converted into a guesthouse, but this also encountered difficulties and attempts to sell the business as a business in operation generated little interest.

A homeowners agent told councilors, “If it’s not residential, then what? ”

The proposals will see the facade of the building remain as it is, retaining the mullioned windows, with internal conversions creating two houses with 2 beds and one with 3 beds. A new bungalow on the ground will offer three bedrooms with an offset extension to increase the kitchen space.

Artist’s impression of the building’s appearance

Portland councilors Paul Kimber and Susan Cocking both welcomed the changes from the original designs, although other committee members expressed concerns about side access to the bungalow and back parking lot.

Cllr Kimber said: “This is a beautiful old Portland building that has been a pub and guest house for many years.” He said the new designs convinced him the proposal needed to be approved.

Cllr Cocking said she was delighted that the facade of the building was protected and welcomed the new designs she sympathized with the area.

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